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Irish author Catherine Tinley shortlisted for the 2021 Romantic Novel Awards

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) have announced the shortlists for their prestigious 2021 Romantic Novel Awards and Catherine Tinley, from Newry, Co Down, is one of 9 finalists in the Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award category with her novel Rags-to-Riches Wife.

The winners of the awards will be presented by actor and presenter Larry Lamb in a digital event on Monday 8th March.

The RNA’s awards are the only national literary prizes that recognise excellence in the genre of romantic fiction. In 2021 they comprise the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, the Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award, the Romantic Comedy Novel Award, the Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award, the Jackie Collins Award for Romantic Thrillers, the Romantic Saga Award, the Fantasy Romantic Novel Award, the Libertà Shorter Romantic Novel Award and the Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award.

Novelist Mike Gayle will also be presented with the 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award, in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the field of romantic fiction.

RNA President Katie Fforde said, “Mike Gayle is a wonderful writer who brings a slightly different angle to the genre. His life as a journalist adds depth and maturity as well as masculinity to his work. I love his books.”

Since its inception in 1960 the RNA has promoted excellence in romantic fiction and RNA Chair, Imogen Howson, commented, “This year’s shortlists showcase, yet again, the wonderful variety of romantic fiction, with books from publishers large and small, from some authors who are household names and others who may well be the next big thing. In difficult times, the sales of romantic fiction rise, and these books—with all their humour, drama, excitement, and romance—remind us exactly why.”

The Category Shortlists (authors are listed alphabetically)

The Katie Fforde Debut Romantic Novel Award:

Cow Girl, Kirsty Eyre, HarperCollins UK

The Bookshop of Second Chances, Jackie Fraser, Simon & Schuster

The Silent Treatment, Abbie Greaves, Century, Cornerstone

This Is Not a Love Story, Mary Hargreaves, Trapeze

A New Life for Ariana Byrne, Liz Hurley, Hera Books

The Authenticity Project, Clare Pooley, Bantam Press

 

The Libertà Books Shorter Romantic Novel Award:

A Will, a Wish and a Wedding, Kate Hardy, Mills & Boon True Love

The Warrior Knight and the Widow, Ella Matthews, Mills & Boon Historical

The Day That Changed Everything, Catherine Miller, Bookouture

Second Chance for the Single Mum, Sophie Pembroke, Mills & Boon True Love

The Return of the Disappearing Duke, Lara Temple, Mills & Boon Historical

Cinderella and the Surgeon, Scarlet Wilson, Mills & Boon Medical

 

The Romantic Saga Award:

The Girl from the Tanner’s Yard, Diane Allen, Pan

The Variety Girls, Tracy Baines, Ebury

The Ops Room Girls, Vicki Beeby, Canelo

Bobby’s War, Shirley Mann, Bonnier Books UK

The Orphan’s Daughter, Sandy Taylor, Bookouture

Secrets of the Lavender Girls, Kate Thompson, Hodder & Stoughton

 

The Romantic Comedy Novel Award:

The Garden of Forgotten Wishes, Trisha Ashley, Bantam Press

Someday at Christmas, Lizzie Byron, Hodder & Stoughton

Christmas at the Island Hotel, Jenny Colgan, Sphere, Little, Brown

One Winter’s Night, Kiley Dunbar, Hera Books

Sunny Days and Sea Breezes, Carole Matthews, Sphere, Little, Brown

The Switch, Beth O’Leary, Quercus

 

The Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award:

The Forgotten Sister, Nicola Cornick, HQ

The House by the Sea, Louise Douglas, Boldwood Books

Death Comes to Cornwall, Kate Johnson, Dash Digital, Orion

The Twins, Jane Lark, One More Chapter, HarperCollins

Escape to the Little Chateau, Marie Laval, Choc Lit

 

The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award:

Echoes of the Runes, Christina Courtenay, Headline Review

The Start of Us, Hannah Emery, One More Chapter, HarperCollins

The Reluctant Witch, Amelia Hopegood, Independently Published

The Cornish Connection, Amanda James, Independently Published

Someday in Paris, Olivia Lara, Aria, Head of Zeus

 

The Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award:

Where We Belong, Anstey Harris, Simon & Schuster

My One True North, Milly Johnson, Simon & Schuster

One Day in Summer, Shari Low, Boldwood Books

Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You, Annie Lyons, One More Chapter, HarperCollins

Christmas for Beginners, Carole Matthews, Sphere, Little, Brown

The Little Shop in Cornwall, Helen Pollard, Bookouture

Mix Tape, Jane Sanderson, Bantam Press

The Takeover, T L Swan, Montlake

The Spark, Jules Wake, One More Chapter, HarperCollins

 

The Goldsboro Books Historical Romantic Novel Award:

Heartbreak in the Valleys, Francesca Capaldi, Hera Books

The Coming of the Wolf, Elizabeth Chadwick, Sphere, Little, Brown

Spirited, Julie Cohen, Orion Fiction

Daniel’s Daughter, Victoria Cornwall, Choc Lit

The French Wife, Diney Costeloe, Aria, Head of Zeus

People Like Us, Louise Fein, Aria, Head of Zeus

The Lost Lights of St Kilda, Elisabeth Gifford, Corvus

Rags-to-Riches Wife, Catherine Tinley, Mills & Boon Historical

The Skylark’s Secret, Fiona Valpy, Lake Union Publishing

 

The Sapere Books Popular Romantic Fiction Award:

Sing Me a Secret, Julie Houston, Aria, Head of Zeus

Christmas Wishes, Sue Moorcroft, Avon

Sunny Days and Sea Breezes, Carole Matthews, Sphere, Little, Brown

A Perfect Cornish Escape, Phillipa Ashley, Avon

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, Josie Silver, Penguin

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